Delicious lamb leg roast seasoned with herbs and spices. Makes a great holiday, or romantic, dinner.
I don't care much about Valentines day (except the cute stuffed animal my dad sends every year). This year I'm more excited about Friday The 13th. Yep that's today.
I love Friday the 13th's. I'm a big horror movie fan so Friday the 13th is all about Jason Voorhees. If I can find any of the movies (I wish I owned them all) it's marathon time. If not any horror movie will do. What could go better with a slasher movie marathon than a bloody leg (of lamb). It's really not that bloody it's about medium rare and oh so good. This could easily be a romantic dinner too if that's your thing. But I say turn out the lights and fire up the scary movies.
This was my first time cooking leg of lamb so I googled for instructions. I found many and used a little bit of all to make this roast. Most of the recipes I found said to bake in a roasting pan. I don't have one so I just put it in my largest/deepest baking pan with potatoes and carrots lining the bottom (an easy and delicious side dish). One of the recipes I really liked suggested broiling the roast on both sides to sear it but the broiler on my oven doesn't work so I just roasted it at a high temperature to start then lowered the heat for the rest of the cooking.
Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb
1 5 pound semi-boneless leg of lamb
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp rosemary
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp coarse ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 450F
Remove lamb from fridge at least 1 hour before you plan to roast it.
Chop some potatoes and carrots into bite sized pieces, toss in olive oil and spices of choosing (salt, pepper, garlic, thyme). Place in bottom of your largest baking pan (I used a glass 9x13).
Rinse the lamb and pat dry. Then, rub all over with the spice mix and place in baking pan on top of the veggies.
Bake in a preheated oven at 450F for 15 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 325F and continue baking for about 1 hour and 45 minutes or until the roast reaches 130F for medium rare.
Let rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Serves a lot. 8 or 10 maybe. We ate it plain a few nights, then I made some other dishes with it.
Serve with those roasted potatoes and carrots, mint jelly if you have it, or I served it with tzatziki.
Enjoy (stay tuned to see what else I made with the lamb).
For ways to use leftovers check out: Greek Nachos, Lamb Salad, and Lamb & Guinness Shepherds Pie
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